our correspondent duncan kennedy has the latest. scotland, where the gorgeous meets the treacherous. and the place where the snow laid its deepest and widest blanket. powerful winds piled up the drifts, creating scenery beyond postcard perfect. but it was enough to do this to the m71; near glasgow. drivers spent hours crawling to their destinations. in northern ireland the traffic moved, but on roads that gritters struggled to keep covered. it was the same in cumbria, where gritters had to make multiple trips to keep routes ice free. because we're trying to get salt on the network, every time we're doing that the rain is coming and washing that off, so the salt levels are then reduced, so we have to then top it up. so that's why people will see the gritters constantly going round the routes. head south, and historic worcestershire was another county coated by the passing weather front. it's ok if you're walking, but when it comes to driving, we don't do it. really nice. so pretty. it's the first time she's seen snow so we brought he
duncan kennedy is at horsham. a really difficult time for so many people trying to travel. absolutely. the start of another dismal day for maybe 200,000 people. at horsham, 5— 10,000 people who would normally use this concourse. look inside. it is com pletely this concourse. look inside. it is completely empty. nothing running whatsoever. the difference compared to the strike last month is that southern, together with other coach companies, putting on coaches to run from here, about 200, and are saying it is very much a backup service. don't expect much from it. it will get people from central london to other train stations where they can pick up other services. very much picking up the slack. bradley will not take a coach or a train. how will you get to work in london? i am driving today to paddington to get some parking there. i will try that today and maybe buses later in the week. another frustrating today and maybe buses later in the week. anotherfrustrating day. not just a frustrating day, but a frustrating year. the strike today is just another day of no train. we
kennedy reports. we need a major investment in this country on the road is a structure, the infrastructure, and stopping this sort of patch and amend mentality, and giving us enough money to two action be replaced these local roads that desperately need proper money spent on them. —— to actually replace. michelle obama has delivered her final speech as first lady of the united states, with an impassioned call on young people to have hope, and fight for their rights. speaking at a ceremony in the white house, she ended tearfully, saying the role of first lady had the been the greatest honour of her life. empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. lead by example — with hope, never fear. and know that i will be with you, rooting for you, and working to support you for the rest of my life. so i want to close today by simply saying thank you. thank you for everything you do for our kids and for our country.
kennedy reports. councils fix 2 million potholes every year. that is about 12,000 for every local authority in england and wales. but it never seems to be enough. now, the councils claim the repair bill could soon reach £14 billion. hard—pressed councils, who are mending, you know, a pothole every five seconds in this country, just cannot get to the core of the problem, which is actually many of our roads are just being patched now. they need to be fully repaired. the councils say the government must do more to help, and suggest increasing fuel duty by a couple of pence a litre, a figure they say the public would support. but it is notjust the cost of repairing all these potholes that seems to be on the increase. today's report also found that the time it is taking appears to be on the rise as well, going up from ten years in 2006 to 14 years today. last year, the government announced a £250 million pothole repairfund to help 100 councils fixed 4 million potholes. but today's report by local counc
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